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Gene Vincent only had one really big hit, "Be-Bop-a-Lula," which epitomized rockabilly at its prime in 1956 with its sharp guitar breaks, spare snare drums, fluttering echo, and Vincent's breathless, sexy vocals. Yet his place as one of the great early rock & roll singers is secure, backed up by a wealth of fine smaller hits and non-hits that rate among the best rockabilly of all time. The leather-clad, limping, greasy-haired singer was also one of rock's original bad boys, lionized by romanticists of past and present generations attracted to his primitive, sometimes savage style and indomitable spirit.

Vincent was bucking the odds by entering professional music in the first place. As a 20-year-old in the Navy, he suffered a severe motorcycle accident that almost resulted in the amputation of his leg, and left him with a permanent limp and considerable chronic pain for the rest of his life. After the accident he began to concentrate on building a musical career, playing with country bands around the Norfolk, VA, area. Demos cut at a local radio station, fronting a band assembled around Gene by his management, landed Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps a contract at Capitol, which hoped they'd found competition for Elvis Presley.

Indeed it had, as by this time Vincent had plunged into all-out rockabilly, capable of both fast-paced exuberance and whispery, almost sensitive ballads. The Blue Caps were one of the greatest rock bands of the '50s, anchored at first by the stunning silvery, faster-than-light guitar leads of Cliff Gallup. The slap-back echo of "Be-Bop-a-Lula," combined with Gene's swooping vocals, led many to mistake the singer for Elvis when the record first hit the airwaves in mid-1956, on its way to the Top Ten. The Elvis comparison wasn't entirely fair; Vincent had a gentler, less melodramatic style, capable of both whipping up a storm or winding down to a hush.

Brilliant follow-ups like "Race With the Devil," "Bluejean Bop," and "B-I-Bickey, Bi, Bo-Bo-Go" failed to click in nearly as big a way, although these too are emblematic of rockabilly at its most exuberant and powerful. By the end of 1956, the Blue Caps were beginning to undergo the first of constant personnel changes that would continue throughout the '50s, the most crucial loss being the departure of Gallup. The 35 or so tracks he cut with the band — many of which showed up only on albums or b-sides — were unquestionably Vincent's greatest work, as his subsequent recordings would never again capture their pristine clarity and uninhibited spontaneity.

Vincent had his second and final Top Twenty hit in 1957 with "Lotta Lovin'," which reflected his increasingly tamer approach to production and vocals, the wildness and live atmosphere toned down in favor of poppier material, more subdued guitars, and conventional-sounding backup singers. He recorded often for Capitol throughout the rest of the '50s, and it's unfair to dismiss those sides out of hand; they were respectable, occasionally exciting rockabilly, only a marked disappointment in comparison with his earliest work. His act was captured for posterity in one of the best scenes of one of the first Hollywood films to feature rock & roll stars, The Girl Can't Help It.

Live, Vincent continued to rock the house with reckless intensity and showmanship, and he became particularly popular overseas. A 1960 tour of Britain, though, brought tragedy when his friend Eddie Cochran, who shared the bill on Vincent's U.K. shows, died in a car accident that he was also involved in, though Vincent survived. By the early '60s, his recordings had become much more sporadic and lower in quality, and his chief audience was in Europe, particularly in England (where he lived for a while) and France.

His Capitol contract expired in 1963, and he spent the rest of his life recording for several other labels, none of which got him close to that comeback hit. Vincent never stopped trying to resurrect his career, appearing at a 1969 Toronto rock festival on the same bill as John Lennon, though his medical, drinking, and marital problems were making his life a mess, and diminishing his stage presence as well. He died at the age of 36 from a ruptured stomach ulcer, one of rock's first mythic figures.

Title: Hits To The Top

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Touch Of Romance

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Pansies

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Love Incorporated

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Magic

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Weaselly

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: The Great Masters

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: The Plan

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Expensive Bling

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: At High Altitude

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Winter Dress

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: A Bouquet Of Hits

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas For All

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: The Start

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Rainbow Girl

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Things

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Black Or White

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Busy As A Bee

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Auto Show

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Contrary To Accepted

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Colorful Garden

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Cards

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: In Icy Climes

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Amazing Top Hits

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Bitter And Sweet

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: World Of Super Hits

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Golden Moments

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Double Decker

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Greeting

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Fabulous Hits

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Silhouettes

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Imposingly

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Get Faster

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Scenic Flight

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Title: Fondest Memory

Artist: Gene Vincent

Genre: Rock

Collections

Title: The Best Old Songs

Genre: Pop

Title: Road Music

Genre: Rock

Title: Symphony of Love

Genre: Pop

Title: A Love Is Born

Genre: Pop

Title: Rockabilly Rampage

Genre: Rock

Title: Love Is In The Air

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Title: Lovestick Blues

Genre: Pop

Title: This Is... 1960

Genre: Pop

Featuring albums

Title: 50s Jukebox Hits

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: Live & Dangerous

Artist: Eddie Cochran

Genre: Rock

Title: Psychobilly Box

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock, Retro

Title: Road Music

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: Rock & Roll Party

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: Don't Say It's Over

Artist: Billy Fury

Genre: Rock

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